Today is February 28th and I have officially been Into Fitness since January 29th. I started with getting into a sustainable workout routine that I like.
Remember when I wrote part 1 of how to get into fitness? Well, I have stuck to it and added the other half of the fitness puzzle: nutrition.
I am down 7.6 pounds as of today! So I guess you could say what I’m doing is working! 🙂
BUT MORE THAN WEIGHING LESS, I FEEL WAAAAY BETTER!
Woot! That’s my goal. 🙂
We all gotta eat to live but what we eat really impacts how well we live. I started thinking that NOT ALL CALORIES ARE CREATED EQUAL. With that in mind I took a look at what calories would help me to FEEL GOOD. Afterall, feeling good is my goal here. I want to live a long life feeling as good as I can by living out Real Fitness.
Real Fitness (to me) means sustainable healthy exercise and healthy eating.
What makes it sustainable is choosing quality calories so you aren’t starving. I mean it. If you eat primarily junk calories, then you are starving and no amount of junk calories can deliver the nutrition you NEED. The result is you are nutritionally starved. I have noticed that when I eat McDonald’s for example that I am hungry soon after eating. When I eat hard-boiled eggs and toast I am way more satiated for fewer calories. I don’t think it is right to tell you what to eat. I just want you to think about what you like to eat and ask yourself:
Are these quality calories?
How can I make substitutions to improve the quality of what I eat?
With that said, I enjoy a mocha almost, if not, every day. This mocha has milk chocolate and white chocolate powder *read* NOT QUALITY CALORIES. But, I want to eat in a way that I enjoy so I substituted skim milk for whole and don’t go overboard on the chocolate. I put just enough in to make it enjoyable.
I make sure my calories are in large part from real food, not processed crap. Remember, the tiny part of the food pyramid is fats and oils.
I’ve also started counting calories so I know how much is in what I eat. This helps over time to learn what appropriate portion sizes are. I’m also finding I don’t want junk food as much because I know it won’t make me feel good for very long. In fact, it will make me feel awful if I let it get out of proportion in my total daily intake.
You know what else?
Those fatty sweet and salty foods spike your appetite and when you eat more and more, you gain weight.
I want to feel good and when I eat quality calories there’s just no need to binge on junk.
Instead, I measure out a serving of the goody I want and put it in a seperate container or bag. For example, I bought Cadbury chocolate eggs (the little ones that come out for Easter every year). I love them enough to pay the outrageous price! Since I am focusing on eating quality calories I don’t need Cadbury to fill my hunger.
I get to enjoy Cadbury Chocolate Eggs for what they are; just a treat.
So, I hope you can see my point here that eating well doesn’t mean eliminating the treats (at least in my book).
FOCUS on making sure you get the QUALITY CALORIES you need first, then if you still want a treat, you can enjoy a serving.
If you are wanting to get into Fitness for Real I hope you’ll join me! I am loving it. I feel so much better. Fitness is all about giving your body what it needs. I love the stress relief of exercise and losing a few extra pounds is awesome too! I love the stress relief of quality calories. I love the stress relief of not being on some sort of “diet”. Sure you won’t lose 20 pounds in a week this way but you could in ten weeks and then NEVER see that 20 pounds again. When you are into fitness for real, you care about what your body needs to work its best, not about losing weight right now.
Believe me, if you do something hasty like take pills that raise your “metabolic heart rate” *read* “up your risk of a heart attack!” you are more likely to lose weight and gain it back and have long-term health problems.
That just doesn’t meet my goal.
Dear Jesus, You are ultimately in control of our health. Thank you that you designed our bodies to be efficient machines and gave us the means to be fit. I pray that anyone who reads this is blessed by it and that you will enable them to take good care of the body you gave them. I love you Jesus. Thank you for sustaining me and giving me each breath. Amen.